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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What will the military not do in response to information that Kreton is a mammal?
2. What does Ellen do in response?
3. What does Kreton claim this same trait means for the race?
4. What topic do Kreton and the cat discuss at the beginning of Act II?
5. Why is Kreton surprised sex is such a taboo topic?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Nationalism is another theme that is present throughout the play. How is nationalism represented in the play? What is the result of this nationalism? How does this affect the storyline? What does this mean for the characters? Discuss nationalism not only from the aspect of the characters, but of Kreton too. He relies on nationalism to help him achieve his plan. What is in his way? Why?
Essay Topic 2
The role of women in "modern" society is another theme that runs throughout the novel. Reba and Ellen play two drastically different characters in the play, and Vidal seems to be representing two sides of the same coin with their behaviors. Compare and contrast the roles of Ellen and Reba to discover their representation of women in the novel. What are their reactions to things? Why do they react the way they do? What does this say about their representation of women? Do their behaviors change? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
What do you think Vidal was trying to say about the political situation of the world in the 1950s? Why? What are possible reasons for this? What was he trying to say about the U.S. government? About the Russian government? Be sure to be very specific in your answer, and include information from the book to back your argument.
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